Weekend Roundup: Culture, Horsey Love and Bittersweet Bliss

August 10, 2012, 7:11 PM HST
* Updated September 8, 7:15 PM
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When events coincide and you just can’t decide which to attend, why not try to fit them all in? This weekend presents an opportunity in guilt-free double or triple dipping.

40th Annual Establishment Day Celebration

Try to imagine an old Hawai’i where King Kamehameha the Great was in the process of unifying the islands.

On August 11 and August 12, at the royal courtyard near the beach below the Pu’ukohola Heiau there will be cultural demonstrations, food tastings, art and crafts.

This protected site is where King Kamehameha erected his last sacrificial temple and killed his rival, ultimately fulfilling his destiny to rule over all islands.


On Saturday only, experience warrior exhibitions from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.


Take a ride in a double-hulled canoe, learn to make poi, pound tapa, weave lauhala and more. Demonstrations take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Pelekane, or royal courtyard is located near the beach at Pu’ukohola Heiau. The temple is located at 62-3601 Kawaihae Road in Kawaihae.

Coffee and Dessert


On Saturday, August 11, twenty-one Kona coffee growers will sample their brews at the yearly “Cream of the Crop” coffee and dessert tasting at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.

Local chefs and amateurs will present their sweet treats with Kona coffee as an ingredient. Desserts and coffees will be judged as the audience votes on their coffee favorite.

The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is located at 72-100 Kaupulehu Drive in Kailua Kona. Admission is free and the event begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 1:30 p.m.

The U.S. Hawai’i Horse Expo

It’s a horse-fest on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Paniolo Heritage Center at the Pukalani Stables in Waimea.

The 5th annual horse expo includes clinics, demonstrations, presentations, medical and nutritional information, rawhide braiding, saddle making, silent auction and more.

Tickets are $30 per day and are available at Humane Society shelters and at the gate. This is a benefit for the Hawai’i Island Humane Society Horse Rescue and the Paniolo Preservation Society.

Call 887-2301 for more information, or visit The Paniolo Heritage Center at Pukalani Stables at Parker Ranch.


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